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The Statement of Chemistry on the Origin of Life

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In his August 1954, Scientific American article, “The Origin of Life,” Nobel Prize winning Harvard Biologist George Wald stated, “One only has to contemplate the magnitude of this task to concede that the spontaneous generation of a living organism is impossible. Yet here we are as a result, I believe, of spontaneous generation.” What is “the magnitude of this task” that reasonably renders a natural origin of life “impossible?” Dr. Wald states, “In the vast majority of processes in which we are interested the point of equilibrium lies far over toward the side of dissolution. That is to say, spontaneous dissolution is much more probable, and hence proceeds much more rapidly, than spontaneous synthesis.”

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